Russian ice stars make American debut in Honolulu

Andrev Chuvilyaev
Andrev Chuvilyaev
Irina Tkachuk
Irina Tkachuk

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's a tale as old as time. A love story for the ages. It's Beauty and the Beast. But performers say, don't expect the Disney fairy tale.

"They will be nervous and at the end of the show, they'll be happy with us," said Valdis Mintals, who plays the "prince".

The Russian Stars of Ice have brought this classic tale to Oahu. Their performances here are their first in the country.

"It's very nice here, nice weather, nice water and ocean. Everything perfect," said Mintals.

"Super," said Andrev Chuvilyaev.

At 6'8", Chuvilyaev, who plays "The Beast," is considered the world's tallest professional skater. He and his colleagues are veterans of the European and World championships as well as the Olympics.

"It's really difficult. And ice sometimes it's slippery or blades not sharp," said Irina Tkachuk, who plays "beauty."

It's a show filled with fire and ice, performed on the ground as well as in the air. Many in this cast have worked with the famed Moscow Circus.

The professionals rehearse for hours a day to ensure audience members enjoy this timeless tale and magic on ice.

The Russian Stars of Ice are performing July 29 through Aug. 2 at the Blaisdell Arena.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. every night and there are matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The cost is $30, $45 or $60.